Beijing continues compulsory campaign to ban imports from the 10th Australian Slaughterhouse

Beijing has stopped importing from Australia’s 10th slaughterhouse because of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, which infected 140 people with the virus.

The slaughterhouse in Naracourt, South Australia, is operated by meat processing giant Teys, which received a notice of suspension from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China on January 29.

In mid-January, Teys worked on the outbreak of COVID-19 and supermarket giant Woolworths temporarily suspended meat processing on the Naracoorte site.

Regarding China’s trade ban, Teys General Manager John Langbridge said he did not sacrifice potential trade losses.

“I’m not thinking about anything at this stage, and it’s entirely in the hands of the Australian and Chinese governments,” Langbridge said in a comment received by the advertiser.

“Historically, other plants that were temporarily shut down from Australia to China are still waiting to return to the list.”

The Teys ban will come into effect after a Queensland-based Australian Country Choice (ACC) export license is suspended on October 18.

Chinese authorities are believed to have detected chemicals in ACC’s products used to treat bacterial infections in dogs.

“The reason the Chinese authorities provided it to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment (DAWE) was that the frozen products received in China failed the random sampling test of chloranphenicol for beef products inspected at the port of Ningbo.” Said Anthony Lee, CEO of ACC. In a statement to the Epoch Times.

“If you don’t have a Chinese license, the company will focus on alternative markets.”

Other companies that have stopped exporting meat include Queensland’s Kilcoy cattle breeding company, Beef City (owned by the JBS Group), John Dee, and Melamist. Northern Corporate Meet Company in New South Wales. Victoria’s Australian Lamb Company and JBS Brooklyn.

The latest episode continues an ongoing economic coercion campaign by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Australian exports. This began in April 2020 after Foreign Minister Marise Payne publicly called for an investigation into the origin of COVID-19.

The enforcement measures implemented included arbitrary border inspections and inspections, the imposition of tariffs, unreasonable delays in the listing of export facilities, and the issuance of import licenses.

The businesses of the barley, coal, cotton, hay, logs, meat, spiny lobster and wine industries have all been affected and have since been forced to diversify into other markets.

Daniel Y. Ten